It's time to raise your voice... which camera manufacturer is the most innovative? Who's impressed you with the pace of their improvements and adding features that really help your photography? … [Read more...] about Time to Vote: Innovation
Rich has published over 100 courses on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it. Edward Steichen … [Read more...] about
I'm a huge timelapse fan... plus I'm a bit nutty about HDR. In this tutorial I show you how easy it easy to batch process a giant HDR series. I shot in Zion National park and created HDR timelapse movies to tell the whole story. https://youtu.be/GicROfiZdO0 You can learn more in this complete lynda.com course. … [Read more...] about Shooting HDR Timelapse – Developing HDR Photomatix
Did you miss our cool hangout and fixing your holiday and vacation photos? This Google hangout will help you catch up on your photo backlog. We also tackled a bunch of questions on archive and backup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nasdb4eaq3Q This webinar will help you get your holiday and vacation photos looking great. you'll learn how to. Backup images to multiple hard drives Set up an organized folder structure to make it easy to find things Take advantage of cloud-based backup for those precious moments Quickly fix your images using … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Fixing (and Organizing) Holiday and Vacation Photos
It's that time of the week.... survey time. We like to know you, our readers better so we can create educational content that helps you out. This week's question is about Adobe apps. … [Read more...] about Adobe Editing Survey
This is a reminder, that we have a very unique webinar this Wednesday. We're going to focus on how to organize your images, as well as show you how to tackle a whole range of problems that effect travel photos and family photos. This webinar is perfect for photographers of all levels. We'll be sure to show a wealth of things that help you speed up your workflow and keep your images safe. Joining us is storage expert Mark Fuccio as well! Okay... you made it through the holiday season... chances are you have a ton of photos that you've … [Read more...] about Attend Our Latest Webinar to Learn Some Photo Secrets on Organization and Speed
We'd like to know a bit more about your software habits. When it comes to editing photos, where do you spend the most time? … [Read more...] about Question of the Week:
This week we catch up with two photographers. First Levi Sim sits down with photographer Dave Black to talk about Light painting and sports. Then Pamela sits down with Michael Bonocore to dig into his photography and some practical advice. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Dave Black We welcome back Dave Black to the show for an interview with Vanelli. Dave is a freelance photographer for over 30 years. His work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast January 18, 2016 — Dave Black and Michael Bonocore
I frequently travel to shoot landscapes and time lapses. One thing that seems to always follow me is a dark cloud. No, I'm not Charlie Brown... I mean it just seems to rain a bit on most of my shoot days. For example... in the middle of this timelapse it started to pour... and the shot could have been ruined. In this case I clenched a baseball cap in my teeth to protect the lens while using my arms to protect the camera from the large crowds at the Panama Canal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9es-i5i4Zc I've since altered my kit for a … [Read more...] about Shooting Outdoors? Pack an Umbrella.
This week we catch up with a photographer and a Lightroom expert. First Levi Sim sits down with guru and photographer Terry White to talk Lightroom, gear, gadgets, and portfolios. Then Pamela sits down with Zach Sutton to dig into his start in photography and some practical advice. … [Read more...] about Photofocus Podcast January 5, 2016 — Terry White and Zach Sutton
GoPro cameras have become incredibly popular for capturing point-of-view and action shots (both photo and video). They'e also an excellent way for a photographer to get behind the scenes footage or time lapses of a project while working. The camera itself is a little awkward to hold though due to its small size. Hence the need for something to mount it to. Enter the GoPro 3-Way (yes they trademarked it, and I am sure they giggled as they asked their lawyers to do so). What Is It? The GoPro 3-Way offers three ways of holding or supporting a … [Read more...] about GoPro 3-Way: A Unique Camera Accessory
In case you missed it live, here's a chance to see Kevin Ames delivering an incredible workshop. He'll show you how to making portraits look their best with a bunch of insider techniques. Kevin will show some basic techniques as well as advanced techniques; fortunately, the hangout will be viewable anytime on this page so you can come back for a review, but you'll have to tune in Live to enter the raffles for some terrific prizes from our sponsors. … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Portrait Retouching Like a Pro, with Kevin Ames
We've been hard at work and have a brand new book for you (and it's totally free until February 14, 2016). Are you tired of spending too much time looking for your photos? Have you over lost track of some of your photos and felt totally stressed out? While Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a great tool to develop your photos, it also serves another important purpose keeping your images organized. But how you go about this process is pretty complex. The new book is called Get Organized in Lightroom. In its 212 pages you'll find practical advice … [Read more...] about Our New Lightroom Book Is Here – And Free Until February 14
I've put together a comprehensive look at the new drone registration policy. This full length course walks you through the why, when, and how. Seeing how steep the penalties are you may want to pay heed. Failure to register an aircraft may result in regulatory and criminal sanctions. ?The FAA may assess civil penalties up to $27,500. Criminal penalties include fines of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment for up to three years. The In-Depth Look If you fly a drone, quadcopter, model airplane, or UAS in the United States airspace, the Federal … [Read more...] about What Does the FAA’s New Drone Policy Mean to You?
We'd like to know how open you are to using different types of gear. Are you a believer in an all-in one lens or do you switch out for specialty situations. Please let us know why you do or do not shoot with other lenses in the comments. We're working on new tutorials about different styles of shooting. … [Read more...] about How Many Lenses Do You Own?
Your vote matters! At Photofocus we like to know more about our audience so we can create content that helps you. This week we want to know what type of camera will be your next purchase (or at least which one you think or want to buy). … [Read more...] about Question of the Week: Your Next Camera
Are you looking to have more organized shoots? Well scouting your locations in advance is a big help as it lets you plan for what gear to bring and where to shoot. But keeping all those notes and pictures organized can be a problem. Panascout from Panavision (makers of motion picture cameras) makes it easy. You can now capture photos of your locations and annotate them quickly with extra info. Record video or photos with metadata on image and in file metadata Display Date / Time on image Display GPS coordinates on image Display Compass … [Read more...] about The Perfect Location Scouting App
In this free webinar, you'll learn how to create HDR image that look natural and not over-processed. It's perfect for all photographers (even if you shoot only a single exposure). HDR Hangout: Creating Natural Looking HDR Images In this hangout we'll explore how to use high dynamic range shooting and developing techniques to create natural looking photos. This is perfect for shooting real estate, product photography, and landscapes. If you think you hate HDR (but love those shadow and highlight sliders) then this workshop is perfect for … [Read more...] about HDR Hangout: Creating Natural Looking HDR Images
I've gathered up some of the best deals for photographers. While there's a ton of things out there, I've limited my list to those companies who've been a part of the Photofocus family. Perfectly Clear Our friends at Athentech has their Photoshop and Lightroom plugins as well as their desktop software on sale. Get both Photoshop and Lightroom plugins together for the best value. You can get the deal here http://bit.ly/pcblackf15. Perfectly Clear Plug-ins Bundle v2 $119.40 Perfectly Clear Photoshop Plug-in v2 $89.40 Perfectly Clear … [Read more...] about 2015 Black Friday Deals for Photographers
In this free webinar, you'll learn the essential skills to make your images stand out and look their best. Bringing Out the Details in Your Photos with Perfectly Clear for Photoshop and Lightroom Do you want to make your images pop? Learn how to make your images really jump off the page in Lightroom and Photoshop. Remove lens distortion and vignettes Sharpen to add detail Reduce noise to remove distractions Add Depth to improve contrast Use Vibrancy to pop colors In this workshop will explore a complete workflow of processing your images … [Read more...] about Join Us for a Free Webinar on Bringing Out the Details in Your Photos
As the publisher of Photofocus I just wanted to say a few thank you's on this day of Thanksgiving. Thank you to our readers and listeners. We also try to put you first and bring you inspiration and education every day. The task of memory protector (aka photographer) can be a tough one and we want you to succeed. Thanks to our great team. There are 25 of us who work hard to bring Photofocus to life. The generosity of these talented folks benefits us all and I appreciate deeply how much they share. Thanks to our partners. Thanks for the … [Read more...] about Thank You
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. A day that many come together with friends and family. Around the world, we are entering into times of holiday celebration, reflection, and get-togethers. This is a great time to bring your camera to functions. Shooting candid portraits helps preserve memories for all who come. Even if you do not thinking of yourself as a portrait photographer, but youre likely the most qualified in the room. Here are a few tips. Pick up a Fast Lens. Opening up the aperture will give you a pleasant shallow … [Read more...] about Bring Your Camera to Holiday Events… Others Will Thank You
Earlier this week we held a fun hangout with Bryan O'Neil Hughes from Adobe to talk about mobile workflow and the new Adobe apps. A ton of interesting things were covered and a bunch of secrets came out on how to really unlock power inside the apps. There were even a few big hints dropped that you might find interesting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVbGsTDxsS4 We're going to explore a bunch of the Adobe mobile apps and get some practical tips and some insider secrets. Learn about Adobe Photoshop Fix Photoshop retouching for … [Read more...] about Google Hangout Instant Replay: “Mastering Mobile Workflows with Creative Cloud Apps”
Turns out that's not a completely fair comparison. Lightroom uses a 16-bit floating point image while the others use a 32-bit integer image. I'm still digging into the science part fully and hope to have him on a future podcast to nerd out. Here's the short version. When you're using the new Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw you can now create a HDR raw file. This is tied to the changes in the DNG (digital negative spec) that allow for floating point processing. You can see a plain English explanation here … [Read more...] about Making a HDR file in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop
You gotta join us live for our next Google+ Hangout, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). Be sure to tune in: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5pm Eastern | 2pm Pacific RSVP here and it'll show your local time. We're going to explore a bunch of the Adobe mobile apps and get some practical tips and some insider secrets. Learn about: Adobe Photoshop Fix Photoshop retouching for … [Read more...] about Mastering Mobile Workflows with Creative Cloud Apps (special guest Bryan O’Neil Hughes)
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 21 Smart Objects are a bit of under the hood Photoshop magic. Essentially, this powerful command allows you to embed raster or vector data into a layer. The layer can then be transformed indefinitely because the embedded data remains editable and scalable. You can convert one or more layers into a … [Read more...] about Using Smart Objects Before Transforming [UP22]
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 20The Puppet Warp command is similar to the Free Transform command in that it allows for selective warping of a layer. The technology works by creating a geometric mesh that lets you dramatically warp specific regions of an image. The command takes a little getting used to in order to create natural … [Read more...] about Transforming Objects with Puppet Warp [UP21]
A popular myth in both photographic and academic cultures is fair use. The doctrine provides situations where copyrighted works can be used without paying. It places restrictions on: The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes The nature of the copyrighted work The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole The effect of the use on the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work Students, … [Read more...] about The Fair-use Myth
With gradients you can add a sense of depth or shading to your photography. Learn how to add gradients using the Gradient tool in Pixelmator. This is useful for both photographic and design tasks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdwrd4m_deg This tutorial is a single movie from the Up and Running with Pixelmator course by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 33 minutes and shows how to get up and running with Pixelmator, a full-featured image-editing tool for the Mac. … [Read more...] about Learning Pixelmator: Designing with the Gradient Tool
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 19The Content-Aware scaling feature is a way to intelligently scale an image that allows for certain details to be preserved while others are distorted. It can be used to recompose an image. When used correctly, the image will automatically adapt to preserve vital areas during the scale. 1. Open … [Read more...] about Resizing a Photo with Content-Aware Scaling [UP20]